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The Mobile County Commission is taking steps to protect the area’s primary source of drinking water. APR’s Pat Duggins reports it’s a land purchase around Big Creek Lake…

Mobile County wants to buy 200 acres around the Big Creek Lake watershed. The county has close to $400,000 in grants from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program to pay for the property.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the County the go-ahead to make the purchase earlier this week. The goal is to protect the area around the lake, which is Mobile’s main source of water.

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Officials in the city of Orange Beach are pushing for a city law to restrict stores from displaying T-shirts and other merchandise that contains obscene messages.

Mayor Tony Kennon started pushing for the law following a recent trip to an Orange Beach souvenir shop.

Kennon told al.com he was "absolutely mortified" by the messages on some merchandise being sold in Orange Beach. He said many of the shirts containing the obscene messages also said Orange Beach on them. He said he was "disappointed and sickened" by the messages on the shirts.

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A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago.

The report released Thursday by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like tar deposit that's been in the Gulf for years.

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The gulf is churning large waves and white foam on Alabama's coast and the wind from Isaac is still whistling around buildings. But beachfront walkways and other structures along the shore appear intact.

Lights are still on Wednesday morning in Orange Beach and a few cars are traveling the beach road. Louisiana took the brunt of Isaac after the hurricane shifted west and gave Alabama only a glancing blow.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of football fans are converging on Gulf Shores, Ala., for a three-day beach festival. The event starts Friday and helps to kick off the college football season for Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Coaches from the three teams are scheduled to talk to fans on Saturday. More than 10,000 football fans are expected. A beach concert featuring the B-52s and other groups is planned for Saturday night.